Wanderley Luxemburgo, the man who has overseen a renaissance in Real Madrid’s fortunes since his appointment as coach, is keeping his feet planted firmly on the ground, insisting that there is still a long way to go to overhaul Barcelona at the top of the table.
Real’s 4-0 win over Espanyol closed the gap on league leaders Barcelona to just four points after the Catalan side lost 2-0 at home to Atletico Madrid.
The victory was Real’s sixth win in a row, but Luxemburgo is determined his players don’t get carried away.
“It is good now but we have not won anything yet,” said Luxemburgo.
“To win the championship it is necessary to get a victory each weekend and not to preoccupy ourselves with what Barcelona are doing.
“This match was not completely perfect because we had problems in defence and they created danger in the first half.”
The Brazilian coach singled Raul out for special praise.
“My players are happy and in the game these circumstances are key for the success of the team,” he added.
“The team plays well because they are happy.
“We are all working very hard and with maximum concentration.
“Raul is working at 100 percent physically and it is normal that the goals will arrive.
“He is a player with great quality and I am happy because his goals are important for us.”